SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs dominated inside Game 1.
Game 2, they went outside.
On a night when the Thunder was looking to tie the Western Conference Finals and return home with a road split, it heads back to Oklahoma City wondering instead if it can keep from getting swept.
Spurs 112, Thunder 77.
Two nights after the Spurs scored a whopping 66 points in the paint and won going away, Wednesday night became a blowout because of a 3-point barrage by San Antonio.
The Spurs managed just one 3-pointer in the first quarter. Even though they got several open looks, Danny Green was the only player who knocked one down.
But then in the second quarter, those open looks started to fall. Green splashed a three on the Spurs’ first possession, and then in the last couple minutes of the quarter, they hit three more. Green. Green. Manu Ginobili.
It helped the Spurs push a five-point lead out to a 14-point halftime lead as they ended the half on an 11-2 run.
That run continued in the second half and included two more threes from Green.
He finished with 21 points on seven 3-pointers.
“He’s come a long way,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, referring to a pro career that has included being cut by several teams, including the Spurs twice, and having to spend some time overseas. “He gets a lot of credit for persevering.
“If he’s open, I want him to shoot it.”
The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 29 points in the third quarter. Before the frame was out, Thunder coach Scott Brooks took out his front-line guys, replaced them with a reserve lineup and waved the white flag.
Is the white flag being waved in this series?
The Thunder will play on homecourt for the first time in this series Sunday night. Game 3 will be at 7:30 at The Peake.
But it’s going to take more than a change of venue to turn this series. In two games, the Spurs have shown that they can score lots of points in the paint and from the perimeter. And they can defend pretty well, too.
The Thunder shot just 39.3 percent from the floor, including 2 of 20 from behind the 3-point line. The Spurs also turned 14 Thunder turnovers into 21 points.
“Obviously, we feel we’re much better than how we played tonight,” Brooks said. “We understand San Antonio is a very good basketball team, but we also understand that we’re a much better team than we showed tonight.”